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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Max Headroom: "Security Systems" (Episode 4)

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Max Headroom cognoscenti will remember "Security Systems" as The Filthy Episode. Even though it's not the show's best entry, everybody who ever saw it still remembers it. This is mainly because "Security Systems" features a mind-boggingly bizarre sequence where Max seduces a female computer program. It must have been quite a coup to get this early Cybersex scene past ABC's Standards and Practices department in 1987.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Max Headroom: "Body Banks" (Episode 3)

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"Body Banks" is what Max Headroom's second episode should have been: a gripping science fiction yarn with a cautionary twist, unexpected surprises and convincing supporting actors. It's easy to forgive that the episode actually recycles an idea from the pilot in order to introduce an element missing from the US show so far: Big Time Television and its owner, Blank Reg – played by TV's jack of all trades, William Morgan Sheppard.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Max Headroom: "Rakers" (Episode 2)

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Successful pop acts often suffer from what critics call "difficult second album syndrome". An artist pours everything he has into one perfect record, everybody loves it and a two weeks later, the record company insists on a quick follow-up to keep the fires burning. And it'd better be as good as the debut, or better. Max Headroom suffers from a similar problem, only slightly worse.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Max Headroom: "Blipverts"

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"Max Headroom" is an odd beast: An American series based on a British TV film whose main character first became familiar to American viewers through a series of advertisements. Furthermore, it's a TV series about a TV reporter which openly criticizes and ridicules TV networks and the way "news" is made. It doesn't get much more meta than this.

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DRIVE-BY GEEKERY: “The Max Headroom Incident” (1987) NSFW

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Maaaaaaaaaaaaaan, this is the coolest thing ever! And to think I’d never even heard of it before yesterday, despite the fact that it’s probably the most audacious, most high-profile, most legitimately countercultural bit of Drive-By Geekery ever!

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